Benjamin K. Phipps has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1964. He has been deeply involved with Florida state and local taxes since 1967. Ben Phipps is the only lawyer in Florida who holds the “CMI” designation in Property Tax from the Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT). He was counsel to the House Tax Committee for four years and then counsel to the Speaker for two more years. During that time, he wrote most of the present statutory language governing ad valorem taxes. He was counsel to the Tax Assessor’s Association of Florida between legislative assignments. For eight years, he represented The Florida Bar as their lobbyist on all state and local tax matters. He was a member of the Florida Tax Advisory Committee and has held numerous positions in the Tax Section of The Florida Bar, including Chairman in 1984-1985. Additionally, Ben Phipps serves on the State and Local Tax Committee of the American Bar Association. Over the years he has made scores of CLE presentations and has published a number of articles and book chapters. His most recent article was a 2015 piece in the Tax Section Bulletin: “Florida’s Very Own Marriage Penalty – The Homestead Exemption“
Ben Phipps is the most experienced litigator in ad valorem taxation matters in Florida. He has represented numerous taxpayers and county property appraisers over the years. He was counsel for the Leon County Property Appraisers until the early 1990s. He has tried ad valorem tax cases at the trial level in more than 40 counties, in four (of the five) intermediate Florida appellate courts, and has had numerous cases before the Florida Supreme Court. His practice is now limited to representing taxpayers, in litigation, planning, and before the Legislature.